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The future of air travel: Trains that turn into detachable planes

Excerpt from The Age

Jun 13, 2013 12:08 am

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This design not only reimagines the airport, but also introduces an entirely new plane comprised of detachable parts. The current industry is too steeped in its current business model for it to become a reality, even if it is technically feasible.

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In a future of Clip-Air planes, people would be able to “go to the train station to take the plane. Board on a capsule to reach the airport by rail, and then – without leaving (their) seat – fly to another city,” [EPFL technical university in Lausanne] said.

EPFL acknowledged that the project it had been working on since 2009 remained “very futuristic,” but stressed that its scientists were convinced it was technically feasible.

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